IKEA’s SolarVille Demonstrates The Power of Distributed Solar Energy

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Leave it to furniture giant IKEA to create a demonstration that showcases the power and flexibility of solar energy.

Their research lab Space10 has a fun and approachable experiment called SolarVille, which is built to a 1:50th scale, and equips each of the houses with a small photovoltaic panel. Utilizing a large overhead lamp, they mimic the passing sun, and measure the stored energy and output of the entire village.

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We love the concept, and the way this technical undertaking is made approachable and friendly with the use of a miniature wooden city.

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We’d love to see IKEA create this type of system as a buyable product, to help push the ideas of renewable energy to a new and younger audience.

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Read more about the project on Dezeen:

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